Dressing Up and Down

Ahead of London Fashion Week later this month we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite books about clothes old and new.

Worn Stories

Emily Spivack

From the publisher:

Worn Stories collects clothing-inspired personal narratives, providing stories that not only glimpse into someone’s life, but also prompts readers to give a second thought ...

The Penguin Knitting Book

James Norbury

From the publisher:

A how-to guide for the experienced knitter as well as the beginner. Full of tips and techniques for the contemporary knitter, it illustrates all things vintage in the world ...

The Clothes on Their Backs

Linda Grant

From the publisher:

The brilliant new novel by Orange Prize winner, Linda Grant, about the legacies of history, longlisted for both the Orange Prize, 2008 and the Man Booker Prize, 2008

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly

Bee Wilson writes:

Some time in 1979, after the death of Sid Vicious and before the enthronement of Margaret Thatcher, Vivienne Westwood ‘lost interest’ in punk. She and her lover Malcolm ...